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Summary of Article

In my private psychiatric practice, I’ve seen that relationships at work are a huge source of stress for many of my patients. From the negative co-worker who believes the world is against him, to the drama queen who feeds off of workplace chaos, to the constant talker who is only concerned with himself and his stories, the work environment is a vibrant playground for social and emotional interactions.

The main cause of energy drain in many people is from their work relationships. For empaths and other highly sensitive people, this can be especially difficult since empaths absorb the stresses and emotions of others directly into their own bodies. Many of these energy sappers can be deleted from your life. But when they can’t be eliminated, it’s important to protect your energy. In this article, I share how to set limits when interacting with energy suckers.


Judith Orloff, MD is the New York Times bestselling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Her companion book Thriving as an Empath offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people along with The Empath’s Empowerment Journal. Her latest journal is Affirmations for Empaths. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She blends the pearls of conventional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, empathy, energy medicine, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice and online internationally. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, the New York Times and USA Today. Dr. Orloff has spoken at Google-LA, TEDx U.S. and TEDx Gateway Asia. Her other books are Emotional Freedom, The Power of Surrender, Second Sight, Positive Energy, and Guide to Intuitive Healing. More information about Dr. Orloff’s Empathy Training Programs for businesses, The Empath Survival Guide Online Course and speaking schedule at

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